For more updates and pictures as we travel through the land of the Bible, check out the blog at www.TraveltheText.com, and/or "Like" our Travel the Text Facebook page. We're doing our best to post pictures of the group experience as often as internet connection allows so you can travel with us from home. Our next group arrives on Sunday so you'll be right in time to "join" that trip from afar.
On another note, I'm glad to report that Baby Carroll seems to be enjoying the time in the land of the Bible as well. Much to my chagrin, I had yet to feel definite movement from the baby before we left. I was ready for this experience and was well past the time most seemed to feel their babies moving. Well, soon after arriving in Israel the funniest little feelings started coming from my middle. This child already seems to be taking after Geoff - dancing from the moment we landed in the land of the Bible.
I'm thankful for the now quite frequent, easy to detect movements of the baby to let me know things are going well. The small bumps and touches are great assurance each new day. I likened the kicks to bubbles at first, but it has now become much more popcorn in nature. Little bursts of popcorn popping all over my growing belly at random intervals during the day.
Oh, and we meant to announce sooner, but got caught up in all this travel stuff - we did find out the gender of the baby before we left the States.
But we aren't telling.
Just kidding . . .
We got a few cupcakes for the occasion with culturally coordinating (pink/blue for girl/boy) icing in the middle to announce the gender to my folks who live nearby. We had extra, so Geoff did the honors of eating one on your behalf to show you which variety of human child we are expecting:
It's a BOY!!!